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November 21, 2017

Minnesotans lead the way in consecutive days running

Daily (Streak) Runners in MN

Update January 2017

My, how quickly a year passes when one is having fun running every day! The US Running Streak Association ( continues to keep records on those runners who have covered at least 1 mile in running mode (treadmills do count) for 365 days or longer. In the past year, MN has added another 21 persons to our list, giving us a total of 111, three ahead of CA with 108 (TX is 3rd with 83), even though CA has 8 times as many residents. This means there are 20.22 streak runners for every one million residents in MN, which is over double the next highest rate (8.80 in WY). An interesting side note is that CA & MN reached 100 on the same day, but since Victoria Leafgren's streak began in 1991, I'm giving MN the "award" J Here are the recent additions:

66. Sadie-jo Kobussen F Woodbury May 26, 2013 - now

81. Daree Selby F Wyoming Feb 10, 2014 - now

91. Ray Ortman Chanhassen Jan 1, 2015 - now

92. Cathy Van Der Schans F Minnetonka Jan 1, 2015 - now

93. Andy Lohn Dayton Jan 1, 2015 - now

94. Mike Thorson Fergus Falls Jan 5, 2015 - now

95. Briar Andresen F Minneapolis Feb 22, 2015 - Mar 1, 2016

96. Vicky Douglas F Shoreview Mar 1, 2015 - now

97. Steven Beck St. Paul Mar 2, 2015 - Mar 1, 2016

100. Victoria Leafgren F* Woodbury Feb 10, 1991 - now

101. Brian Funk Minneapolis May 9, 2015 - now

102. Brooks Jackson* Twin Cities 1982-85; Feb 2014 - now (streak began 5/26/1979)

103. Craig Oslin* Mora May 22, 2005 - now

104. Andy Hemenway* Rochester Dec 19, 2014 - now

105. Kristen Kinnear-Ohlmann F Bloomington Nov 2, 2013 - now

106. Kelly Nelson F Kasson Oct 28, 2015 - now

107. Mary Sarafolean* F St. Paul Dec 31, 2015 - now

108. Angela Bloss F Champlain Oct 26, 2015 - now

109. Matthew Montain Centerville Nov 11, 2015 - now

110. Catherine Vitols F Burnsville Jan 1, 2016 - now

111. Kevin Duban Minneapolis Jan 1, 2016 - now

* streak not registered with US Running Streak Association

I should note that since reaching #100, I changed from listing streak runners chronologically to when they were "discovered". With the additions of Brian, Mary S, Catherine & Kevin, we now have 6 families that have members who have run or are running daily:

DeBoers (4) - Steve, Dave, Wendell, Kevin Duban (Wendell's grandson) - 2 currently active

Gilmans (3) - Pete, Al, Liz - Al active

Cases (3) - Sherry, Paul, Klare - all 3 active

Funks (2) - Jennifer, Brian - both active

Magnuson/Sarafolean (2) - John, Mary - both active

Vitols (2) - Todd, Catherine - both active

There are 43 families in the US that have had at least 2 daily runners. Of those 43, 3 have resided in PA, 3 in WA, 3 ½ in TX (only one family member actually living in TX), and 5 ½ in FL, which puts MN in first place for number of families. FL has only 11 family members streak running, whereas MN has totaled 16!

John Magnuson (#6), Chris Kartschoke (#42), Brian Daniels (#80) & Corinne Wright-MacLeod (#76) have all passed the one year mark of their second streak of daily runs, while Gordy Strickland (#27) & David Shannon (#64), Briar Andresen , and Steve Beck had to end theirs (it was Gordy's 6th). It should be noted that John's first streak of 14 years ended in 1991, so he prepared a while before trying it a second time! On January 1st, MN reached 62 on the active list (over 60 for the first time), passing CA (with 61) for the lead in that category.

MN women continue to set the pace for the entire nation (and probably world), with 32 of them having done the daily run for 1 year or longer (CA is a distant 2nd with 26 & TX is 3rd with 20).

Related Links:
• More on streak running

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